Yearly Archives: 2011



Carer Case Study #1: Sarah 2

Some of you will remember a post I did called ‘Caring for the Carers‘. I went through the history of the Carers Allowance, mentioned the present situation and also advertised my campaign. The goal is for Carers Allowance to be increased so that it equals the National Minimum Wage. In an era of austerity, I […]


Remember Zimbabwe? 1

Ever since 2008, I’ve maintained an interest in the politics of Zimbabwe. The Presidential election that took place that year was controversial (to say the least) and there was plenty of violence and corruption. Robert Mugabe (ZANU-PF) was re-elected, despite the first round of voting being narrowly won by Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T). In the end […]





Dorries defeated

To be honest, the result wasn’t surprising given the strength of feeling on the matter, which I mentioned in my previous blog post. Nadine Dorries‘s amendment about abortion counselling failed at the voting stage, with 118 Ayes and 368 Noes. It was a crushing defeat that came after some spirited and controversial debate. Some people […]


The Dorries Amendments 1

Nadine Dorries is a Conservative MP with a distinct set of views on a range of matters. Most recently, she tabled a set of amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill that have a focus on abortion. This follows on from an Early Day Motion sposored by Therese Coffey (and supported by Dorries). Many […]


Riots cause social media clampdown? 1

It’s undeniable that social media has changed both society and the lives of many people. It has created new jobs and removed the need for others. It has a huge number of positive aspects, but it was shown in a bad light recently thanks to the rioting and looting. It was (repeatedly) reported that people […]


Caring for the Carers 2

There are many people around the country who – for whatever reason – are unable to adequately take care of themselves. Inmany situations, the selfless actions of a group of Carers make the lives of those people better and more manageable. I have been lucky enough to know some of these people (one former Carer […]